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Online Encyclopedias

Key Databases

  • Criminal Justice Database
    Search 250 criminal justice journals, over 100 with full text. Includes both U.S. and international journals, and covers law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
    Search over 200,000 publications (government reports, books, journal articles, research reports) covering all aspects of criminal justice. Topics include corrections, law enforcement, drugs and crime, juvenile justice, crime victims, technology in law enforcement, domestic violence, drug policy, juvenile violence and more. Some full text included. If you can't find your topic, look it up in the Thesaurus Search to get the database-assigned term.

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Other Resources

  • Business Source Elite
    Search thousands of journal articles and professional publications covering commercial crimes, computer crimes, white collar crimes, fraud, security, law enforcement, forensic accounting, and law & legislation. Some full text included.
  • ERIC
    Though primarily a database for education topics, ERIC also includes scholarly articles relating to educational programs of corrections facilities, interventions for youth offenders and at-risk individuals, police school safety, and many other topics. Some full text included.
  • First Search GPO: Government Printing Office
    Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and documents issued by executive departments, many pertaining to criminal justice issues.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: Social Sciences
    Over 1 million downloadable full text dissertations and theses, covering a wide range of graduate research topics, including criminal justice.
  • ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection
    A collection of fourteen separate databases covering various aspects of sociology and related fields, including criminal justice.
  • PsycINFO
    Search journal article abstracts on the psychological implications of criminology, including behavior, rehabilitation, victimization, adjudication and more. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Search journal article abstracts for the sociological aspects of crime. Covers topics like imprisonment, prison culture, victimization, crime rates, gangs, juvenile justice, fear of crime, etc. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.


LibGuides are resources that are built by scholarly professionals with content specifically related to a given subject.

Printable Research Guide

Printable research guide for Justice Studies

Citing Sources

  • APA Style Guide
  • MLA Style Guide
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


Books on law and criminology have call numbers in the 340's and 360's.

Legal Resources

  • Google Scholar Case Law
    Free case law library includes state cases from 1950; federal, appellate, tax, and bankruptcy cases from 1923; and US Supreme Court opinions from 1791.